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Birds of a Father (1961)

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Sylvester Cat discovers that his son, Junior, has a new best friend - a bird named Spike. Aghast, Sylvester decides to teach his son the facts of feline life and goes with him on a bird ... See full summary »

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Sylvester Cat discovers that his son, Junior, has a new best friend - a bird named Spike. Aghast, Sylvester decides to teach his son the facts of feline life and goes with him on a bird hunt, which, as usual, isn't Sylvester's forte. He is hit with a badminton racket after he mistakenly shoots a badminton birdie and then is blown up when he sends a model plane after Spike and is himself shot at by the out-of-control plane and forced to take refuge in an explosives store shed, with the plane slipping in behind him and firing at the TNT. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Sylvester: Okay, son. Start reading.
Sylvester Jr.: [Reading] In order to grow up to be a real cat, it is necessary to... chase birds, catch birds and... gulp!... eat birds? Oh, father! What are we, cannibals?
Sylvester: Yeah, he-he-he... ahem. That is how we cats survive.
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before "The Birds"...
23 October 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

For the most part, "Birds of a Father" tries too hard to be cute, as Sylvester gets incensed when he learns that his son has an avian friend, and tries to get him to be a real cat. Maybe this is an allusion to fathers getting up in arms if they learn that their sons are gay, and try to teach them to be "real men" by shooting animals. Still, they could have played it to better effect here. As usual, they had a TNT gag - which I considered the highlight - but most of the cartoon seemed like stuff lifted from better cartoons. Not terrible, but not the best; maybe they didn't have many new ideas by this point.

So they were allowed to mention nudist colonies in a cartoon...


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